A statement issued earlier today by the UCI states that: “The analysis of the biological passport of Mr Jonathan Tiernan-Locke by the Experts Panel has demonstrated an anti-doping rule violation (use of prohibited substances and/or methods). Consequently and in compliance with the UCI Anti-doping Rules, the UCI has requested his national federation to initiate disciplinary proceedings.”
His team issued a statement on the proceeedings:
We have been informed that he intends to defend himself against that charge.
We understand that the violation was highlighted by an anomaly in his biological passport, in a reading taken before he signed for this team.
At this stage, we will add no further detail until this initial disciplinary process is concluded.